Petition objecting to plans to move Wisbech taxi rank presented to Fenland District Council
A PETITION with more than 800 signatures has been handed to Fenland District Council in objection to plans to move the Wisbech s taxi rank. Taxi drivers are fighting a proposal to move their rank from the bus station to a new location near the Case pub in
A PETITION with more than 800 signatures has been handed to Fenland District Council in objection to plans to move the Wisbech's taxi rank.
Taxi drivers are fighting a proposal to move their rank from the bus station to a new location near the Case pub in the town.
As reported last week, drivers who took part in a mass protest against the move, have been told they will not be disciplined for their actions.
As part of the on-going fight David Patrick, chairman of the Wisbech and District Hackney Carriage Drivers Association spoke at a full council meeting on Thursday, where he handed in the petition.
He told councillors: "There are well in excess of 800 signatures and it is my belief that the Wisbech Chamber of Commerce is also against the idea of moving the rank.
"Taxi drivers in Fenland, most particularly Wisbech, are also concerned about the council wanting a penalty point system and dual license, also up for consideration under the consultation period and oppose both.
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"Hackney Carriage drivers have nothing to gain by the introduction of a dual license and all drivers with the exception of one within the Wisbech Association of Drivers have opposed it."
He told the meeting that of the few councils, that presently operate a penalty point system, he claimed Fenland's - if introduced - would be by far the most "punitive".
He said he would like for the issue to be discussed at a higher level.
The council accepted the petition and it has been referred to the Cabinet, to be discussed at a later date.
The consultation over the proposed move ends later this month.